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i-church is a non-profit making company limited by guarantee, registered in England, number 5495170, and a registered charity, number 1115977.

Our registered office is:
Diocesan Church House,
North Hinksey,
OX2 0NB.

The following terms, values and rules, together with our forum rules, apply to all the i-church websites, including our Facebook applications.

Valuing Diversity

This policy echoes that of the Diocese of Oxford.

Theological Basis

We believe that it is a fundamental Christian understanding to hold that all human beings are created in the image of God, that all are valued equally in God's love. We believe that God as our creator (Genesis 1.27) not only gave us life, but gave each person gifts to be used and developed. We believe that God longs for our well-being and fulfilment, and that we are all responsible to God for the way we treat each other. Unlawful and unfair discrimination between people is therefore contrary to God’s purpose.

In the light of this Christian affirmation, and in recognition of our Lord's commandment that we should love our neighbours as ourselves, we declare our conviction that it is a Gospel imperative to realise the potential of all human gifts, and that failure to do so is an affront to the will of God.

A Pluralistic Society

We recognise that Britain is a pluralistic society, diverse in race, culture, creed and interests. We are aware that individuals and groups of people are sometimes discriminated against, both directly and indirectly, in unjustifiable ways.

As a result we welcome the legislation which aims to put this right, including:

  • Race Relations Act 1976
  • Equal Pay Act 1970
  • Sex Discrimination Act 1975
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
  • Disabled Persons (Employment) acts 1944 and 1958
  • The Disability Discrimination Act 1995

This is an ongoing process. We will abide by new legislation as it is introduced.

Statement of Intent

While recognising that there are currently some differences in conditions surrounding service between those who are lay or ordained, we will work to ensure that there is no discrimination on grounds of race, colour, nationality - including citizenship - or ethnic or national origins, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, religious or political affiliation, lay or ordained status, or any other respect which cannot be shown to be a necessary requirement of the job or office concerned.

We declare our intention to be an Equal Opportunities employer. We will work to ensure that in all appointments the priority will be to find the best person suited to a particular post. This does not conflict with the requirement that for some roles it will be necessary for the person to be a practising Christian, nor with the requirement that anyone directly employed in i-church finances should be in sympathy with the Christian approach and ethos.

Therefore we declare that it is our intention to ensure that:

  • recruitment, selection and training, for those who are employed in a paid or voluntary capacity within our organisation,
  • access to membership of our councils, committees and other groups
  • access to the facilities and services we provide

are available to all without discrimination on the above grounds, and to ensure that no-one is disadvantaged in any of these matters by conditions or requirements that cannot be shown to be justifiable. Any justifiable condition must be lawful and will be made explicit in any situation, and i-church will be ready to defend such action.

It is our intention to take positive action, within the law and as the law encourages, to ensure equality of opportunity and of treatment on the matters specified above, details of which will be set out in our Access Policy.


We look to all our staff and members of councils, boards, committees or groups appointed by us or on our behalf (whether paid or voluntary) to abide by and to promote this Policy.

Our specific action and progress following from this Policy are defined and monitored through our Access Policy, and by our Accessibility User Group, reporting each year through i-church's Annual Report.


1. Quotations, Images, etc.

i-church members must obey copyright law when posting images, sound recordings, and quotations from others' works etc. In most cases images and including films, videos and photographs, can only be used with the explicit permission of the owners of the copyright. In the cases of written texts only short extracts, of a maximum of 300 words, or one stanza of a poem, may be reproduced. Any longer extract requires the explicit permission of the owners of the copyright. For purposes of these rules copyright should be calculated as being 75 years from the death of the author of the work. (Note: in a few instances copyright may exist for a much longer period, examples are the King James Bible and the BCP, which are in copyright to the publishers in perpetuity.)

Posts which appear to break copyright law will be removed from the boards instantly i.e. as soon as it is brought to the attention of the moderator, or council member, that a potential infringement has occurred remedial action shall be taken without delay. (This can take the form of hiding the post until the infringement can be verified or cleared.)

2. Members' forum posts

All members retain the copyright on their posts within i-church. By posting, the member gives permission for the post to be stored and displayed within the forum system in perpetuity. What facilities are available for a member to edit or delete his or her own posts is determined by such decisions as the i-church Council may from time to time put in place. By posting in the forum, members also agree to the forum rules, and posts may be deleted or edited by moderators if they contravene (or appear to contravene) those rules.

Nothing produced on any board, on the web site, in the chat rooms, or in any other part of i-church, may be produced outside the environs that constitute i-church, without the specific permission in writing, which may be by electronic mail, of the author.

3. Technical contributions (e.g. programming)

Unless otherwise specifically stated by the contributor, any programming code contributed to i-church becomes copyright i-church. We are very happy for contributions that come as a "package" to be licensed as copyleft or open source.

4. Chat rooms

Chat rooms are intended to be ephemeral means of communication. Transcripts or quotations from the chat rooms can only be published with the explicit permission of every person present in the chat room at that time. However, transcripts may be recorded and shown to i-church pastors, PG Leaders, and trustees, in circumstances where formal complaints are made or breaches of the forum rules are alleged.

(We consider it best practice to check beforehand whether everyone present is happy for a conversation to be transcribed; we also think that transcribing of conversations should be an exception rather than a rule, the equivalent to taking photographs in a Bricks and Mortar church, to record a special event or special visitors to the church. The permission of all present is still required.)

4a. Worship in chapel

Music may be played during "time of divine worship" without any special copyright licence, so we interpret this to mean that music may be used in the live chat chapel services without specific permission being granted, even if that music recording is copyrighted.

5. Website

Any member who publishes an article or other document (or agrees to the publishing of his or her document) on the i-church public website gives permission for the document to be stored and displayed in perpetuity in the i-church website. The member in question retains the copyright on the document while granting these permissions to i-church.

6. Private Messages and emails

Private messages and emails remain the copyright of the author, and may not be posted or published without that person's permission. In case of formal complaint, any PM or email received through i-church may be made available to one or more i-church pastors, PG Leaders, or trustees.

7. Disputes and changes

In case of dispute, a decision may be made by the Web Pastor on the advice of Council concerning the interpretation of this document, without prejudice to the legal situation that actually may pertain. This document itself can be changed and updated by the Web Pastor on the advice of the i-church Council.

If you wish to engage with us we are always happy for you to do so via our forums at the Courtyard.